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Head shot anyone???

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Unread 12-31-2008, 08:11 AM
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Re: Head shot anyone???

I haven only taken 1 deer with a head shot it worked well that time. But mostly I try my best to get them in the lungs it just to hard to run that way or the hart.
yes I get the front 1/4 some times but i am getting better at not doing that witch reminds me 1 of my buds he makes his bolt sound like a semi auto dont know how he can aim he is a lefty shooting a right handed rifle thats why I think me and his brother are getting tired of tracking HIS deer the last was funny blood trail was a foot wide but the dam wouldnt stay down finly the bro got it it got up maybe 40Y he blasted it in the back of the head with a7mm rem mag right after he said that is f%&*#@g enouh when we got there I dont know how this deer could run or move guts were hanging out all over the place PS I have never gut shoot a deer
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Unread 12-31-2008, 09:41 AM
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Re: Head shot anyone???

I only use head or neck shots to finish a downed animal. Way too easy for something to go wrong on the head or neck. The vital area inside the head and neck is very small, a couple inches off on the shot and you have a very wounded animal that will be very difficult to track.

Hit them in the pump house, they die nicely every time. It also gives more room for error. We all know that we need more room for error in the hunting situation than we do at the range.

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Unread 12-31-2008, 01:57 PM
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I just became a huge fan of the rear head shot this year. My nephew shot a doe in the back of the head from 185 yards this last season and it couldnt have been a better choice. The 2 does were laying "decoy" motionless with their heads up for at least 5 minutes while my nephew and bro put the stalk on them from the back side of the hill. Nephew rested the .243 on a large rock he was standing behind. He is zeroed at 200 so no hold overs. He picked the big one which from his point of view was looking straight away from him. From my point of view and distance I was looking from the deers 4 o'clock at about 400 yards. The deers head "sneezed", the head dropped to the ground, then I heard the shot. It was the biggest doe of the year. Her little buddy watched her twitch a bit then nervously, but not frantically, trotted away.
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Unread 12-31-2008, 02:16 PM
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Having done quite a bit of culling over the years, I would favour the head shot over every other shot, all else being equal. That way you can kill much more of a group that with heart / lung shots. On a head shot contrary to popular belief the heart does not shut down right away, if you get to the beast within a few minutes and cut the throat to 'bleed out' the animal will be ok.

When culling the buyers are always very keen to have clean meat without waste: the upper neck or head shot gives you that.
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Unread 01-01-2009, 07:48 PM
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I agree with Shawn. Once you see an animal that has been running around with it's jaw shot off trying to eat you will never try a head shot again. I will take a little bloodshot meat over that memory. I saw three in one season 30 years ago and hve never forgot the miserable sight.
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Unread 01-01-2009, 09:07 PM
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There are a lot of idiots out there that do some stupid things. But if you read Shawns post it points out side shots as being risky and the rear shot as being safer. I agree ans also like the head on shot for safety. You have to know your equipment and limits. I kill a lot of deer every year culling with head shots. Often times it is the best way to get the job done, never lost one yet. As with any type of LRH you have to know your limits, It's no different then stories of ass shot animals at 1K neither is acceptable.
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Unread 01-02-2009, 07:53 AM
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Re: Head shot anyone???

what is culling
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